This is a country of contrasts and surprises and you will very quickly fell in love with.  Every couple of hours you feel like you have arrived in a new country.  You can’t underestimate how much time you need to explore the country formerly known as Ceylon.

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, with tropical and warm climate. This country is famous of beautiful beaches, high mountains (over 2000 m), tropical forest and lots of wild animals like elephants, leopards, sea turtles , dolphins and whales.

The island is encircled by beaches. You can rarely travel anywhere along the coast without bumping upon a stunning stretch of sand. It considered  great for water sport like diving, snorkeling, kiting and surfing. Inland you can stretch your legs taking hikes among tea plantations high up in the mountains above 2000 m.

The top attractions in Sri Lanka: –

Empty beaches on the coast

Whilst beaches nearer to Galle and Unawatuna are quite developed, drive along the coast towards Mirissa and Matara and you can have a whole stretch of sand to yourself.

The Historic Triangle

The most famous of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO sites are all within easy reach of each other and offer some impressive architecture and ruins to explore.

 

Wildlife Safaris

You will enjoy truly with you time when you watch the wildlife in Sri Lanka. Yala National park, home to Leopards, Monkeys, Elephants and more offers a safari experience cheaper than African counterparts whilst Whale sea safaris are a must do in Season.

Exploring Tea Fields

The hill towns, especially around Ella and Nuwara Eliya are home to many tea plantations. Visit factories, go on tastings and take in the breathtaking green vistas.

 

Visit Adam’s Peak

This trek isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the views are well worth the early morning rise to take this sacred summit.

Top Cities in Sri Lanka: – 

Colombo – Kandy – Bentota – Nuwara Eliya – Negombo

 

Colombo

Like many capital cities in developing countries, Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. But yet in some parts, you can enjoy with the old world charm. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, you can see the colonial buildings in the city.  The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of china, the new parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura and the folk art center are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.

Although it’s unlikely it will reclaim its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’, Colombo has nevertheless emerged as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.

The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often-shady boulevards. Fort is a compelling place thanks to ongoing restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Rd is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes.

Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops. Surprises abound: with a little exploration you’ll find great local food, characterful shops and tiny, convivial cafes. Meanwhile, a building boom like no other is transforming the city’s skyline.

Immediately east of Fort, across the narrow canal that separates the outer harbor from the Beira Lake is Pettah, the bazaar of the city. It’s a maze of streets & alleys piled & crammed with a wide variety of goods, materials & provisions: colorful textiles, spices, fruits, vegetables, clothes, footwear, electrical equipment, dried fish, silver & gold.

Kandy

Some days Kandy’s skies seem perpetually bruised, with stubborn mist clinging to the hills surrounding the city’s beautiful centerpiece lake. Delicate hill-country breezes impel the mist to gently part, revealing colorful houses amid Kandy’s improbable forested halo. And when the drizzle subsides, cobalt-blue skies reveal a city of imposing colonial-era and Kandyan architecture. Here’s a city that looks good even when it’s raining.

History and culture are on tap. The government has renowned the city for the great Kandy Esala Perahera festival (held annually in July/August), but its vibrant cultural life and attractions more than justify a visit at any time of year.

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and bio-diverse rain-forest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling.

Royal Botanical Gardens: – A Sinhala king has built this botanical garden as a pleasure garden and the British has expanded it.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Bentota

Bentota – Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else you can find it. Protected from noisy Galle Rd by the sluggish sweep of the Bentota Ganga, the ribbon of golden sand that makes up Bentota Beach is a glorious holiday sun-and-fun playground. There’s a good mix of super resorts and smaller boutique places catering to independent travelers. There are more such places bordering Aluthgama, a small town on the mouth of an inlet and straddling the main road between Beruwela and Bentota. The town of Aluthgama has a raucous fish market, local shops and the main train station in the area.

Apart from swimming, body-surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, para-sail or enjoy a romantic river safari on the river and lagoon. Being one of the most established beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Bentota is known for its professional touristic infrastructure.

Nuwara Eliya  

Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens.

Indeed, Nuwara Eliya was the favored cool-climate escape for the hard-working pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. The verdant surrounding countryside of tea plantations, where you can see vegetable plots and craggy hills is highly scenic. Treat yourself to a night in one of Nuwara Eliya’s colonial hotels. And play a round of golf or a few frames of billiards. Also soak up the town’s unique bygone heritage.

Negombo

Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. It is a modest beach town located just 10 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. There are stash of decent hotels and restaurants . Also you can enjoy with a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable  beach.

The busy center of the town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay line the main road that heads north from the town center. There are many beach-side hotel strip starting about 2 km north of town.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage  is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. It is among the verdant hills of Kegalle. Also its is the world’s first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby. Really it is an unforgettable sight!. Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens.